In the South
A dedicated Central Otago businessman has been recognised for his contribution to the business community.
Alan McLellan was awarded a life membership of the Alexandra-Clyde & District Business Group Inc this month.
Spokesman Stu Millis said Mr McLellan had made a significant contribution to business in Alexandra.
''He was a member of the economic development committee formed by the Central Otago District Council in the mid to late 1990s and was always positive about our great area.''
Mr McLellan joined the Otago Chamber of Commerce in 2000 and relaunched the group in 2011, Mr Millis said.
Mr McLellan had a varied career, moving to New Zealand from Scotland in the 1960s, Mr Millis said.
''He was an engine reconditioner in Invercargill, then started a contracting business and built the Riverton Sewerage scheme. He then joined the police force and became a police prosecutor, then a social worker, dabbled in property and then started the real estate with his wife Pat.''
Mr McLellan's wife and two of his sons - Sean and Rory, both businessmen - attended the presentation.
Mr McLellan said while he was pleased to be recognised, the entire group was worthy of life memberships.
''The whole thing about the business group is there are so many who are working for it.''
The group meets once a fortnight figuring out ways they can do things for the community.
''It's a quite a dhsignificant effort on the community's behalf.''
Some key issues for the group included development contributions, proposals for control of water and general problems faced by the business community such as online shopping, Mr McLellan said.
- The Mirror